Dakota Crane

Dakota Crane

Crane chases childhood dream

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – “When other children were watching cartoons, my child was watching ‘Storm Stories’.” – Greg Crane on his daughter Dakota.

For most people, childhood dreams usually become just that … a dream. But for Dakota Crane, a Meteorology and Math major who competes on the Lyndon softball team, she is working on making her dream not only a reality, but a career as well.

“When I was a kid I would watch the Weather Channel and I became fascinated by the people working in the field, especially in the aftermath of a tornado,” she said. “I would see the footage and all the destruction and wanted to know how and why it happened; and why it happened there. Storm chasing is more of an expensive hobby, but I would love to have it as part of my job.

“I’m not really interested in the broadcast aspect of meteorology,” she continued. “I could never be another Jim Cantore, but I would love being out there reporting information to meteorologists who, in turn, would pass the information on in the media.”

Majoring in two difficult and demanding curriculums has been a challenge to Crane, but thanks to a rock-solid work ethic, her name has consistently appeared on the Dean’s List at Lyndon. In addition to the rigor she experiences as a student, the Central, S.C. native and Daniel High School alum has taken on yet another task, preparing her body to compete in softball at a high level.

“It’s very hard balancing everything - softball, class, workouts and homework, so I try to fit my workouts in between classes,” said Crane. “There are a lot of times when I’m tired, but I know I have to get things done. I’ve worked hard to get where I am at and I have done that by getting into a routine.

“I usually do everything Monday through Friday with Saturdays off,” she went on. “On Sunday I try to work out on top of tutoring and practice. My class schedule has really helped me find the time to fit everything in.”

In addition to Crane’s success in the classroom, she is currently enjoying a fine softball season, batting.364 with three doubles, one triple and five runs-batted-in in 10 games.

How Crane’s softball season turns out will, once again, be determined by the one thing that interests her the most – the weather. With the end of her sophomore year a mere six weeks away, she realizes her first last two years at Lyndon may fly by as quickly as the first. That said, she is currently looking ahead and making plans for life after graduation

“I definitely plan on going to graduate school and I’m on a grad school tract here,” she said. “I’d like to attend the University of Oklahoma, a place where the weather is unpredictable. Beyond that, I would be great to get a job with the National Weather Service.”

College life can sometimes be daunting, but Crane takes her varied and many responsibilities in stride. For her, if you possess a certain quality, all you do in your college years will not seem so difficult.

“If you want to succeed, you’ve got to have determination,” she said. “There are days that I get overwhelmed, but I get through them. You have to give it your best effort and push through the hard times. Once you get there, eventually everything falls into place.”